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Community says farewell to tragic father and son

A broken community gathered in grief yesterday to say farewell to a popular father and son and to pray for the women who were left behind.

John (55) and Sean (24) Gallagher were laid to rest following a moving Requiem Mass attended by upwards of 1,200 people in Ramelton, Co Donegal.

They were killed in a horrific road smash on the N13 last Saturday morning as they returned home in icy conditions after leaving Sean's girlfriend off at Derry airport.

Yesterday, John's distraught widow Hillary linked arms with her daughters Aisling (22), Aoife (18) and Eilish (14), and Sean's girlfriend, Lauren Proctor, as they walked to St Mary's Church.

Spelled out in floral wreaths against the coffins were the poignant words that summed up their lives, Husband, Daddy, Son, Brother and Kickboxer.

Behind them, hundreds of people walked in silence up the hill to a chapel that was already filled to overflowing, each with their own memories of two men who were deeply committed to their neighbourhood and their community.

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